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Get Your CHFP from HFMA

By Joseph Abel, CPCC, ACC, PhD
November 2018
Impressive job skills are no longer enough to land a job with smart employers or to ensure a promotion. Employers want value-drivers.
Value-drivers are people with the capacity to continuously learn, develop new skills, and adapt to the dynamic business needs of the continuously evolving health-care industry. This type of employee understands the business context and consequently sniffs out opportunity, provokes thought, and helps shape innovation. Technical depth, breadth of perspective, and the inquisitiveness to search out new business approaches are the foundations for this value-driving work style.
HFMA’s Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) is intended to build this highly prized value - driving work style. The CHFP:
  • Is a learning program;
  • Presents the business context in which health operates;
  • Builds comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective on the pressing mandate to improve value in health care through clinical cooperation.
The CHFP is a value-driving certification in that certified healthcare finance professionals can take on a value-driving work-style characterized by:
  • Business Awareness – The ability to recognize the business implications of information presented to them;
  • Business Understanding – Thinking with the big picture, the business context at play;
  • Creativity – The readiness to explore potential new business initiatives;
  • Engagement – Getting into action; bringing new ideas to life to create value and growth;
  • Smart employees – People who not only see the need to be value-driving employees, but also commit to building that value-driving work style.
The Value-Driving Equation:
Value-Driving finance professional = (professional skills and experience) X CHFP
The program consists of two modules:
1)     HFMA’s Business of Health Care course and
2)     Operational Excellence: Pursuing Strategy.
The program is entirely online, self-contained and self-paced. The CHFP designation is achieved by the successful completion of both modules. A downloadable learner’s Concept Guide is available with the course and many HFMA chapters provide CHFP preparation assistance. The CHFP program is easy to access on HFMA’s website, simple to use and brings the business knowledge needed today into one place.
More details can be found here:
Joseph Abel is HFMA’s Director of Career Services
For general information on HFMA certification, go here.

Listed below are the specific certifications available through HFMA along with the direct HFMA links to information about each type of certification:

Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) -

HFMA's CHFP certification provides a broad range of business and financial skills necessary to succeed in today's healthcare environment. Learn more.

Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) -

Earn the CRCR certification and prove your revenue cycle proficiency and technical expertise. Learn more.

Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI) -

Use your healthcare organization's data to make decisions  by earning the CSBI certification.  Learn more

Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM) -

The CSPPM certification will provide the full range of topics and techniques important for managing physician practices.  Learn more. 

Certified Specialist Managed Care (CSMC) -

The CSMC certification describes the "nuts and bolts" of managed care  and covers healthcare reform issues.   Learn more

Certified Specialist Accounting & Finance (CSAF) -

Strengthen your accounting and finance skills with the CSAF certification which covers  financial reprots and statement unique to health care.  Learn more

Fellow of HFMA (FHFMA) -

Acquire the HFMA Fellow designation and be recognized for education achievements, professional accomplishments, and volunteer leadership/service in the healthcare finance industry.  Learn more

For more guidance on certification, please consult:

a) Hilary Christiansen, the Certification Committee Chairperson of the Iowa HFMA Chapter, at 712-382-1515, ext 8741 or;

b) HFMA certification staff at 1-800-252-HFMA, ext. 311 or 308.

They will be pleased to help!

Certification: Enhancing the HFMA Experience

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Recent surveys show that there is a clear relationship between certification and career advancement: 
  • Certification accounts for approximately 13 percent of the variance in income between certified and non-certified members. The greatest percentage of certified members have an income of more than $150,000 (18%). The greatest percentage of non-certified members have an income of more than $50,000 but less than $60,000 (14%).
  • Eighty-four percent of certified members report it is more likely that job applicants will be hired if they are certified by HFMA. Fifty-six percent of non-certified members report it is more likely that a job applicant will be hired if certified by HFMA.
  • Seventy-two percent of employers say that they are more likely to hire a job applicant for a financial position in healthcare if she/he is certified by HFMA. More than two-thirds (69%) of search firms say the fact that a job applicant is certified by HFMA increases the likelihood they will be placed.

Now that you know the ways certification can impact your career... shouldn’t you be making plans to become certified by HFMA? 


Congratulations to our Certified Members!

Certified Members Fellows:
Bruce V. Barnes, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Paul R. Baumert, FHFMA, CPA
Paul J. Blaser, FHFMA
Cristine Chartier, FHFMA, CPA
Sandra K. Chesshire, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Sandra Christensen, CPA, FHFMA
Michael J. Collins, FHFMA
Joseph F. Corfits, Jr., FHFMA
Christine M. Des Jardins, FHFMA, CPA
Michael J. Dewerff, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Michael D. Dobbs, FHFMA
Robert L. Downey, FHFMA
Mark J. Gaworski, FHFMA
Deanna R. Gray, FHFMA, CRCS I/P
Denise, A. Hook, FHFMA
Matthew J. Ives, FHFMA
Cristine Lynn Julian, FHFMA
Paul G. Mangin, FHFMA, CPA
Sue E. McCauley, FHFMA
Tadd K. Miller, FHFMA
Daniel B. Minkoff, Sr., FHFMA, CPA
David J. Muhs, FHFMA
Gary L. Nielsen, FHFMA, CPA
Darren R. Osten, FHFMA, CPA
Renee A. Rasmussen, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Lynn A. Raveling, FHFMA
Randall L. Rubin, FHFMA
Rodney G. Schlader, FHFMA, CPA
Susan E. Searcy, FHFMA, CPA
Todd J. Sladky, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Monica Sutter, FHFMA, CPA
Ronald V. Timpe, FHFMA, CPA
Michael A. Wegner, FHFMA, CPA
Asif Mahmood Alam, CHFP
Steve Alger, CHFP
Say Baccam, CHFP
Jeremy J. Behrens, CHFP, CPA
Lisa Bennett - CHFP
Kyle Briese - CHFP
Larry Brown - CHFP
Brent Daily, CHFP
Crystal Estabrook - CHFP
Jennifer Eubanks, CHFP
Angie Fisher, CHFP, CPA
Joni B. Gisleson, CHFP
Phillip L. Good, CHFP, CPA
Luke J. Gruber, CHFP
Jayne L Hildebrand, CHFP
Stephanie J. Hultman, CHFP, CPAT, CCAT
Barry A. Jacobsen, CHFP, CPA
Tonya M. Johnson, CHFP
Jill R. Jost, CHFP, CPA
Krista L. Ketcham, CHFP, CPA
Matthew L. McCutchan, CHFP
Pamela S. Mitchell, CHFP
Abbey Stangl - CHFP
Steve Warneke, CHFP, CPA, CMA
Nancy Whitaker-Kropp, CHFP, CPA
Michael L. White, CHFP
Lisa Wilkinson, CHFP
Michelle Wood - CHFP
Pamela Young, CHFP
Sandra S. Christensen, CPA, CHFP
Kim M. Duwe, CHFP
Julianne Kipple, MBA, CHFP, CPA
Danette R. Kramer, MBA, CHFP
Arthur J. Mason, CHFP
Jennifer L. Peterson, CHFP
Terra Spidle, CHFP
Lori Vander Werff, CHFP
Debra J. Wilson, CPA, CHFP